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Google Launches ‘Recover Together.’ Can It Help Curb Addiction?

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As part of National Recovery Month, Google announced last week that it will launch a new website called Recover Together. The site will house two new tools that, through Google Maps, will promote recovery from addiction

One tool, the Recovery Locator, includes information for more than 83,000 recovery meetings in 33,000 locations. These include 12 step meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), as well as smart recovery meetings.

It is difficult to say whether this tool will be more effective than the already-existent AA and NA websites. Most of these sites feature customizable search options. Visitors can narrow down meeting options based on day, time, location, and even meeting types—literature, meditation, speaker, etc.  

Still, any resource that promotes the effectiveness of free group discussion meetings is a win in the world of recovery. 

Know Where to Find Naloxone

The more valuable feature could be the page’s other tool, the Naloxone Locator. This tool allows searchers to find which participating CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens pharmacies carry doses of naloxone (Narcan), a drug used to counteract opiate overdoses. 

It should always be noted that the naloxone spray is not a substitute for emergency medical care. If you suspect an opioid overdose, administer a dose of naloxone and immediately call 911. Depending on how much drugs were taken, additional doses may be necessary. 

There are no examples of a medical condition made worse by naloxone. That means that even if someone is not experiencing an overdose, but a different medical condition, it is safe to administer naloxone. 

The Recover Together web page has other features as well. There are video stories of eight individuals in recovery including a Google employee, an addictions resource specialist, and a recent high school graduate. There is also a section devoted to words and phrases to avoid using when talking about substance use disorders.

There is Help

These days, substance use disorder is at epidemic levels. More than 130 people die each day in the United States from opioid overdoses.  Nearly twice as many die each day from alcohol-related causes. It is encouraging to see companies such as Google put in work to reverse the damage caused by substance use disorder. By educating the public and therefore de-stigmatizing the disease, more and more resources will become available.   

If you are struggling with addiction or alcoholism, there is help. At Amatus Recovery Centers across the country, we offer the full continuum of drug and alcohol treatment, from medical assisted detox  to long-term group therapy aftercare.  

The easiest way to recover from addiction or alcoholism is to seek help. Call an admissions specialist today at 833-216-3079 to learn about our addiction treatment options and determine which one is right for you.  

Amatus Recovery Centers, a division of Amatus Health, offers treatment for drug and alcohol addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders in facilities across the country. To learn more visit amatusrecoverycenters.com